Online forum for business opportunities at Tanglewood Mall in Roanoke County scheduled for mid-March

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke County Economic Development Department is hosting an online forum, Investing in the Future of Tanglewood on March 18.

The purpose of the forum will be to discuss business opportunities available at Tanglewood, as Roanoke County’s 419 corridor begins to redevelop.

The hub of the newly-envisioned 419 Towne Center, Tanglewood’s makeover is already underway.

Carilion Children’s is converting the former JC Penney space to house services to bring up to 1,200 patients, doctors, nurses and staff per day to the facility as it serves a 60-mile radius.

Last week, Tanglewood officials announced the addition of five new businesses including Panda Express, Jersey Mikes, Aspen Dental, Blaze Pizza, and Chipotle — all of which will be housed in new out parcel buildings along Route 419 in front of Carilion Children’s.

These additions, together with the traffic improvements underway on Route 419 and a soon-to-be reconstructed interchange, are fueling the momentum the corridor is gaining.

“It is a great time for businesses to look at Tanglewood and consider the tremendous opportunity it presents. With Carilion Children’s, new restaurants and services, the improvements to Electric Road and the tremendous amount of traffic that travels this corridor, businesses could really benefit by locating here. It’s a perfect space for businesses such as daycare services, spas, restaurants, retail, entertainment, and more.”

Jill Loope, Roanoke County Director of Economic Development

The online forum, featuring presentations by Loope; John Abernathy, President of Blackwater Resources, which owns Tanglewood; Amanda Forrester, Director of the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center; and Elizabeth Parkins, Marketing Consultant for Carilion Children’s is free and open to the public.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Why the market demand in this area is great for small businesses;
  • What transportation improvements are coming and when;
  • What to expect from the new Carilion Children’s operation;
  • Leasing information and other news from Tanglewood; and
  • Business assistance resources available to businesses.

There will also be time for questions. To register for the online forum, click here.

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